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The Boy Who Was Buried This Morning

The Boy Who Was Buried This Morning

‘After forty years, Hammett has a worthy successor’ The Times

Dave Brandstetter stands alongside Philip Marlowe, Sam Spade and Lew Archer as one of the best fictional PIs in the business. Like them, he was tough, determined, and ruthless when the case demanded it. Unlike them, he was gay.

Joseph Hansen’s groundbreaking novels follow Brandstetter as he investigates cases in which motives are murky, passions run high, and nothing is ever as simple as it looks. Set in 1970s and 80s California, the series is a fascinating portrait of a time and a place, with mysteries to match Chandler and Macdonald.

The ‘Combat Zone’ is for men playing at war, with paint rather than bullets. But when a millionaire’s son is shot with a real gun, Dave is called in to find out if it’s more than an accident. The case takes him to a town with its own neo-Nazi militia – not the safest place for a gay PI; but then Dave has never figured his own safety much when he’s on the tracks of a killer.
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Crime & Mystery

On Sale: 20th November 2014

Price: £5.99

ISBN-13: 9781444784596

Reviews

No mystery writer is better at evoking the landscape, the light, the architecture and the ethnic diversity of Los Angeles
Time
An excellent craftsman, a compelling writer, he has a real gift for storytelling - for character, for scene, for pace independent of violence
New Yorker
An exceptionally urbane literary style
New York Times Book Review
In Brandstetter, Hansen has developed a sympathetic character of depth and integrity
Chicago Sun-Times
Hansen writes about Southern California with the descriptive love once given it by Raymond Chandler
Herald Examiner
Hansen is a strong unflinching writer and everything in his taut prose is real
Boston Globe
The most exciting and effective writer of the classic private-eye novel working today
LA Times
Hansen, one of the best practitioners of the California private-eye school...writes crisply with a lean, spare prose that echoes Hammett, Chandler and Macdonald
Washington Post